Friday, December 13, 2013
The Associated Press
HOUSTON - James Harden scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and the Houston Rockets beat Brooklyn 119-106 on Saturday night for their 12th consecutive victory against the Nets.
Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Nets 50-31 and outscored Brooklyn 60-24 in the paint.
Deron Williams of the Nets scored 27 points but cooled off after a 20-point first quarter. He was ejected with 1:07 left after arguing a call with referee David Jones. Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 13 for Brooklyn.
Jeremy Lin had 14 points, nine assists and six turnovers for the Rockets.
76ERS 97, KNICKS 80: Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young had 20 and Philadelphia cruised at home.
Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start and beat the Knicks for the first time in four tries and second in eight games.
Carmelo Anthony needed 28 shots to get 25 points. He has 28 straight 20-point games, tied with Patrick Ewing for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 straight games in 1961-62.
WIZARDS 86, BULLS 73: Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping Washington win at home.
John Wall and Nene each scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years, and 7 of 10 overall.
It's a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.
CAVALIERS 99, RAPTORS 98: Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left for Cleveland at Toronto.
Irving calmly drained a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to send the Cavaliers to their third straight win.
Irving finished with 32 points and Marreese Speights had 17 for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson scored 14 and Wayne Ellington had 12.
BOBCATS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 101: Gerald Henderson hit a 3-pointer from 25 feet with 4.6 seconds left to lift Charlotte, snapping a 16-game home losing streak.
The Bobcats' streak was stopped two short of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 25 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 23 as the Bobcats won at home for the first time since Nov. 21.
SPURS 108, SUNS 99: Tony Parker had 31 points and San Antonio, at home, collected its eighth consecutive win.
Manu Ginobili added 20 points, Tiago Splitter had 13 and Boris Diaw finished with 11 for San Antonio (36-11), which has won 16 straight at home.
BUCKS 109, WARRIORS 102: Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead Milwaukee at home.
Monta Ellis of Milwaukee scored 20 points against his former team, and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Larry Sanders had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
NUGGETS 121, KINGS 93: Ty Lawson scored 26 points, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Denver used a strong first three quarters at home.
Danilo Gallinari added 14 points for the Nuggets, who led 71-49 at halftime to set a season high for points in a half. They shot 62 percent in the first two quarters and had three players in double figures.
ROCKETS: Houston reinstated suspended forward Royce White, who is due to report to the team's D-League affiliate Feb. 11.
The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the last draft, has been on the inactive list all season as he worked on an arrangement with the team to balance his acknowledged anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule.